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Finally deciding to go the "professional" speaker route: Klipsch or JBL?

post #1 of 20
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After slowly getting to the point of having my dedicated home theater room where I want it, I have finally decided I can actually afford to upgrade to an AT projection screen, thereby allowing me to place the LCR speaker behind it and run a "true" professional speaker setup. The only caveat is that the speakers cannot be more than 14" deep (I do not have much room to bring the AT screen out from the front wall before my first row of seat becomes too uncomfortable to sit in).

I have been looking at JBL, since I found an online authorized dealer who finances, but I also want to consider Klipsch since I am currently running their Reference line and enjoy their sound. I already have subwoofers (x2 Rythmik F25's). My receiver is an Anthem MRX700 which is rated for 90w w/5-channels driven. The room is 14'Wx20'Lx8'H

JBL
- (x3) 3677 2-way Screen Array
- (x2) 8320 pr 8350 Surrounds
The only thing I am having trouble deciding on his the surround: do I need the more sensitive 8350's or will the 8320's work just fine?

Klipsch
- (x3) KPT-335-N
- (x2) KPT-8001
The only thing with Klipsch is I have found ZERO price lists or dealers I can even discuss price with.

Thoughts? Opinions? Concerns?

Thanks!

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post #2 of 20
I don't understand why you can't find the price on the Klipsch. Call your local dealer up and ask for the price. It's not like they take your credit card info and bill you after delivery.
post #3 of 20
Am I wrong or do the KPT-335-N need an active crossover?
post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by pieper53 View Post

I don't understand why you can't find the price on the Klipsch. Call your local dealer up and ask for the price. It's not like they take your credit card info and bill you after delivery.

My local dealer has no knowledge/info on the Klipsch Pro Cinema speakers.
post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by psgcdn View Post

Am I wrong or do the KPT-335-N need an active crossover?

I hope not.....though I could have easily missed that important point :/
post #6 of 20
Perfect for exhibitors who want to utilize
a fully passive or bi-amplified three-way
system in their auditoriums, the
KPT-335-N lets movie-goers experience
the unbridled dynamics and intense
realism only Klipsch cinema stage
loudspeakers can deliver. This system also
utilizes a fully passive or bi-amplified,
three-way network.


It sounds like you get the passive but have the option of running it active.
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by psgcdn View Post

Perfect for exhibitors who want to utilize
a fully passive or bi-amplified three-way
system in their auditoriums, the
KPT-335-N lets movie-goers experience
the unbridled dynamics and intense
realism only Klipsch cinema stage
loudspeakers can deliver. This system also
utilizes a fully passive or bi-amplified,
three-way network.


It sounds like you get the passive but have the option of running it active.

So, yes I can hook them up to my Anthem MRX700 without any additional components?
post #8 of 20
You want Magneplanar speakers.

They sound about 500% better than ANY Klipsch speakers (except the classic Kilpschorn corner speakers).

They are also only a few inches deep.

You can buy direct at their website.
post #9 of 20
I'd make sure that the passive crossover is included in the quoted price, when you do get a quote.
post #10 of 20
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Quote:
Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

You want Magneplanar speakers.

They sound about 500% better than ANY Klipsch speakers (except the classic Kilpschorn corner speakers).

They are also only a few inches deep.

You can buy direct at their website.

Thanks but no thanks. Not the speakers I am looking for.
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

You want Magneplanar speakers.

They sound about 500% better than ANY Klipsch speakers (except the classic Kilpschorn corner speakers).

They are also only a few inches deep.

You can buy direct at their website.

Exactly the opposite of pro audio speakers.
post #12 of 20
If you're pursuing "professional" quality theater speakers, have you considered the Acheron speakers from Meyer Sound? (The "Designer" model is 14.5" deep and created for rooms approximately your size.) Meyer Sound systems are becoming increasingly popular on movie mixing sound stages and in some high-end theaters.

http://www.meyersound.com/products/exp/acheron.php
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by sdg4vfx View Post

If you're pursuing "professional" quality theater speakers, have you considered the Acheron speakers from Meyer Sound? (The "Designer" model is 14.5" deep and created for rooms approximately your size.) Meyer Sound systems are becoming increasingly popular on movie mixing sound stages and in some high-end theaters.

http://www.meyersound.com/products/exp/acheron.php

Price per speaker seems well over my budget.
post #14 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

You want Magneplanar speakers.

They sound about 500% better than ANY Klipsch speakers (except the classic Kilpschorn corner speakers).

They are also only a few inches deep.

You can buy direct at their website.

Huh! The OP is looking at professional grade, high output theater speakers and you recommend low output, boutique speakers designed for music that additionally need to be 6ft or more from the front wall. One of your most useless posts ever, and that is saying a lot. rolleyes.gifrolleyes.gif
post #15 of 20
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Price per speaker seems well over my budget.

Did you notice they are self powered so you save on buying separate power amplifiers? (Being self-amped is a crucial part of their linear i/o design.)
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by BigCoolJesus View Post



Price per speaker seems well over my budget.

And yeah, they're quite a bit outside my budget too wink.gif
post #17 of 20
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I'm awaiting final "clearance" on my upgrade (have to make sure the finances aren't affected......can't let this hobby take too much of a toll on me biggrin.gif ) so it has given me time to sit in my room and just visualize how things will look/small details, etc.

Does anyone have any recommendations for other brands to look at that fit my size and budget criteria (under $1000 per speaker, some exceptions apply)?
Just covering all my bases while I wait.

Thanks!
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by BigCoolJesus View Post

I'm awaiting final "clearance" on my upgrade (have to make sure the finances aren't affected......can't let this hobby take too much of a toll on me biggrin.gif ) so it has given me time to sit in my room and just visualize how things will look/small details, etc.

Does anyone have any recommendations for other brands to look at that fit my size and budget criteria (under $1000 per speaker, some exceptions apply)?
Just covering all my bases while I wait.

Thanks!

How bout JTR speakers? Not quite under 1k but pretty close.http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qWznxY4CmI4&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DqWznxY4CmI4
Edited by Rexathor - 12/11/13 at 8:49pm
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by Rexathor View Post

How bout JTR speakers? Not quite under 1k but pretty close.http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qWznxY4CmI4&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DqWznxY4CmI4

JTR is also a possibility. However, I just found a killer price on some used JBL 3677's......so I think I know what my decision will be.

Time to find a 133" 16:9 acoustic screen. Guess I should make a thread in the appropriate section for that!
Thanks for everything guys!
post #20 of 20
Nice choice. You should be pleased.
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